A Jam Band Summer In Denver
If you’re a jam band fanatic, Denver is the place to be this summer, with must-see concerts from Phish, The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and many more.
Of course, the scene is nothing new here. Ever since The Grateful Dead (the original jam band) started playing the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the late 1970s, the Denver area has been a hotspot for great music and great times. This summer in The Mile High City is shaping up to be one long, strange – and fun – trip.
JAM BAND LEGENDS
Catch some of the biggest names in the jam band world under the sun and stars in Denver.
The String Cheese Incident
WHEN: July 24,25, & 26
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The String Cheese Incident returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this July and they're ready for three nights of live music. The band, formed in the Colorado mountain ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993, has built on 20 years of experience to become the musicians they are today.
WHEN: September 4, 5, & 6
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Denver's Dick's Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish have earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay.
GREAT MUSIC, GREAT TIMES
Even more fantastic shows to check out this summer.
WHEN: July 10, 11, & 12
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The Avett Brothers bring jam back to Red Rocks for a concert you won't soon forget.
Shakedown Street, all summer long, various locations
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Various locations
Not as good as the real thing - but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best Grateful Dead tribute bands and they call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home. You can find them jamming the night away at various venues throughout the area all summer long.
Jam Band Hot Spots to Visit While You're In Town
If you're visiting Denver for shows this summer, don't miss out on these places to eat, drink, and hang out.
Quixote's True Blue & Sancho's Broken Arrow
Quixote's True Blue (2151 Lawrence St.) and Sancho's Broken Arrow (741 E. Colfax Ave.), two sister clubs, are ground zero for the city's jam band scene - warm, friendly spots that feature great live music virtually every night of the week. Check their respective calendars for more info.
Vine Street Tavern
1700 Vine St.
Vine Street Tavern, one of the newest and grooviest additions to Denver's microbrewery scene, is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer.
My Brother's Bar
2376 15th St.
The forefathers of the jam band movement were the Beat Generation and My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele - this was renowned Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady's watering hole of choice in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's - you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots.